Social Justice Initiative

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

A new initiative has started at Bethlehem. Strengthened by our love for all God’s creation and recognizing the urgency to act, a social justice initiative committee has been established to work for our goal to advance positive change in our church, our community, and our world. We invite all who are interested to participate with this committee—through education as well as action in the myriad issues facing us as Christians in our world today.

Opportunity for Participation

We invite everyone to participate with us.  We meet on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom.  For more information, please contact Jane L (janelahman@hotmail.com) or Margot H (nordatter@gmail.com).

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81184599825?pwd=WmhMY3I3ZUxoR0lOWnMzMldsaDJjQT09
Meeting ID: 811 8459 9825
Passcode: SJI2022
To dial by phone only: 253 215 8782 
Meeting ID: 811 8459 9825
Passcode: 4026538

Opportunity to Serve

Write to an Immigrant Friend
Being an immigrant in detention is an isolating experience that often  leads to feelings of being alone and forgotten. Writing letters to an immigrant offers them  hope. Several of our members have been writing to immigrants through Casa de Paz’s “ Cartas de Paz” program and find it to be a very rewarding experience. To learn more, go to https://www.casadepazcolorado.org/cartas-de-paz and/or contact Cathy G (cegood47@aol.com). Thank you from the BLC Social Justice Initiative (SJI)!

Helping the People of Ukraine 
The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) reports that more than 4.7 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russian began its attack. Wondering how you can help? At its website, LIRS offers a way people can donate to relief efforts.  Go to LIRS website (https://www.lirs.org/ukraine-crisis and click on donate under “How to Help Ukrainian refugees” 
Your support will help provide essential support for newly arrived families, including emergency medical care, temporary housing, financial support for necessities, and more.

Previous Opportunities for Education
 Living Faith: Church in Society

Our first educational opportunity for Bethlehem members to increase awareness of social justice issues was scheduled for 2021; an eight week study from the Rocky Mountain Synod entitled Living Faith: Church in Society. We met Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. the end of April and through May before taking a break for the summer. We plan to pick up again in late September or early October. You can join this study at any time. Missing the first meeting is not critical for the rest of the series; each meeting is self-contained so do not hesitate to join for some or all. Topics include: ELCA Social Statements-Church in Society; Caring for Creation; Economic Life; Immigration; Healthcare; Race, Ethnicity and Culture; and Faith, Sexism and Justice.

Check out the class information at https://www.rmselca.org/living_faith to see what this is all about. If interested in joining the class, please email Margot H (nordatter@gmail.com) or Jane L (janelahman@hotmail.com) to be added to the class contact list.

Class materials to be read before the class meeting (click on the green button to download the paper):
Week 1 April 28, 2021: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Church-in-Society
Week 2 May 5, 2021: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Caring-for-Creation
Week 3 May 12, 2021: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Economic-Life
Week 4 TBD: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Messages/Immigration
Week 5 TBD: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Health-Care
Week 6 TBD: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Race-Ethnicity-and-Culture
Week 7 TBD: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Criminal-Justice
Week 8 TBD: https://elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Sexism

Additional Information
Information Shared by member:

SJI Reading List
Casa de Paz Information
Information on Border Situation
Reentry Initiative